Call to sack McCully over deal

New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Murry McCully.

Labour leader Andrew Little has called for Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully to be sacked over the Saudi farm deal.

Farmers will be $150k poorer

Waikato farmer Guy Kalma is just one of hundreds disappointed in Fonterra's reduced dairy payout.

The average Kiwi dairy farmer will be $150,000 worse off in the 2015-16 season.

Shareholders seek answers

Fonterra suppliers won't be in the pink this year after the co-operative's opening forecast payout of $5.25.

Some farmers are questioning the business fundamentals of NZ's biggest company and its capital investment expectations.

Steep learning curve

James Bailey's family has owned Momona for 110 years.

James Bailey was pretty green when he finally decided to fulfil what some might say was his destiny and take up farming.

Dairy farmers brace for winter

Canterbury dairy farmer Jeremy Duckmanton monitors the journey of his dairy herd  near Rakaia as part of Gypsy Day.

The end of the milking season came earlier than usual for Jeremy Duckmanton on Monday.

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opinion

New tax rules for farmers

Cow Gas, Burp and Fart emisions to be taxed. Farm in Methvan. DAIRY COWS CATTLE
Pic Jane Sanders
Story Keri Welham

OPINION: Inland Revenue has clarified the method dairy farmers should use to claim tax deductions for interest on loans from New Zealand Dairy Farming Trusts.

Quick changes do more harm than good

It’s a time for dairy farmers to hunker down, but not lie doggo, says Keith Woodford.

Don’t take my word for it

Education the key to farm safety

Fieldays

A world class agribusiness event

As many as 125,000 visitors are expected to flock to the National Fieldays at Mystery Creek this year.

The countdown is on to this year's New Zealand National Agricultural Fieldays.

Young farmer has big future plans

James Robertson has some big aspirations.

Six-time Timbersports World Champion, Jason Wynyard (Auckland), demonstrates his chainsaw skills at the Fieldays.

Chainsaws at the ready

Festival of Logging celebrates all things to do with chainsaws and has been a firm fixture at the Fieldays for more than 20 years.

dairy

Dairy hub approved

Southern Dairy Development Trust chair Matthew Richards, Invercargill MP Sarah Dowie and dairy farmer Greg Herbert discuss the Southland Dairy Hub proposal at Herbert's Mokotua farm.

2:58 PM  A proposal to build a $26.5m research and innovation hub in Southland has been given the green light.

Dairy farmers to be $150k poorer

The average Kiwi dairy farmer will be $150,000 worse off in the 2015-16 season.

500 dairy cows are moved along Thompsons Track and Somerton Road, near Rakaia, as part of Gypsy Day, when stock is moved around dairy farms.

Sharp drop in 'Gypsy Day' activity

Rural business teams say 'Gypsy Day' transactions are down significantly.

advice

A balanced budget

Many owner operators in dairying could be facing a loss of 35 cents to $1.35 cents a kilogram of milk solids for the year ending May 2016, says Pita Alexander.

Minimising losses is just as important as maximising profits.

Being prepared provides protection

It was a grim day. Pebbles rushed to hospital as soon as she could, after hearing Freddy had suffered an accident on the farm.

John Brosnan recommends farmers adopt a zero tolerance policy for illegal drugs on their farm.

Zero tolerance against drugs

A zero tolerance policy on illegal drugs touted as a farm owner's best defence against this growing problem.

aquaculture

Uncertainty for marine farmers

A mussel farm in the Marlborough Sounds.

Forty years after it started in the Sounds, marine farming remains a source of pride and controversy.

Growing a good idea

Being a business owner isn't what most 17-year-olds are thinking about. But Georgia Lala isn't like most teenagers.

The Sanford mussel processing plant in Havelock.

Havelock Sanford's only South Island factory

Sanford's mussel plant in Havelock is the seafood company's only South Island factory following the closure of its operation in Christchurch.

beef

At Mt Mable what you see is what you get

Kevin and Megan Friel prove how quiet their sale bulls are in the paddock.

A move from King Country to southern Hawke's Bay was a good move for a couple who have been selling angus bulls together for almost 20 years. Kate Taylor visited their farm in the foothills of the Ruahine Range at Norsewood.

Valuable cattle gallstones stolen and recovered

A man has been arrested in Australia and charged with stealing cattle gallstones.

Te Mania stock manager Will Wilding with Beef Expo champion of champion bull Te Mania Jonah in the ring.

Bull operation set to expand

Expansion plans for Te Mania bull operation follow top competition results.

Sheep

Sheep billboards bring hope video

Mike Bowler, a drought-stricken sheep and cattle farmer in North Canterbury, has every morning since January fed grain to his sheep on a hill side beside State Highway 1 to form a word or symbol making light of a serious situation.

It began as a bit of a laugh - but Mike Bowler's sheep shenanigans are helping the community.

Perendale farmers gather for annual conference

Perendale sheep breeders gather in Waikato for the breed society's annual conference.

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully.

Bribery claim over Saudi farm deal

Opposition MPs are labelling a $4 million payment to a Saudi businessman a "bribe".

cropping

Crop yields hold up on shrinking land

Warren Darling credits favourable weather, growing management changes and a great team behind him for breaking the world record for the highest yielding barley crop.

Cropping farmers are managing to maintain much the same grain yields as five years ago on a shrinking land base.

Vege planting postponed again

Vegetable growers in Kapiti and Horowhenua have been hit by wet weather for the second year in a row.

Mike Porter, the new Federated Farmers grain and seed chairman for South Canterbury.

New grain, seed chairman wants to do his bit

Lyalldale mixed cropping farmer Mike Porter claims he's "mildly obsessive compulsive."

agribusiness

Call to sack McCully over Saudi deal

New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Murry McCully.

Labour leader Andrew Little has called for Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully to be sacked over the Saudi farm deal.

ANZ censured over swaps

High Court censure for breaching the Fair Trading Act concludes the bank's settlement.

New agricultural valuer, Kiri Peuafi Symonds on farmland owned by a Maori Incorporation.

Maori farming a 'sleeping giant'

Many Maori agricultural businesses could do better and need to reach their potential, says a Massey student.

Discovery

Research offers pneumonia hope

A lamb shows typical signs of pneumonia. Note that it is hollow, has droopy head and ears and looks lethargic.

Northland ram breeder Gordon Levet suspects that sheep farmers have been unconsciously selecting for resistance to pneumonia.

Greenhouse gas breakthrough

NZ scientists identify animal-safe compounds that can reduce methane emissions from sheep and cattle by up to 90 per cent.

Much of the work in the Wairarapa Anthelmintic Trial was done by host farmers and volunteers, who contributed labour, stock and resources on eight commercial scale properties.

Study casts doubts on long-acting drenches

Three-years of independent trials cast doubts on the effectiveness of long-acting sheep drenches.

rural women

Are you a mumtrepreneur?

Last year's supreme winner of the Fly Buys Mumtrepreneur Awards Bridgit Hawkins started her company six years ago while raising two young children.

If there's one thing Bridgit Hawkins knows well, it's the challenge of juggling motherhood and self-employment.

Farmers schooled on animal welfare

Tough new animal welfare laws are on the horizon, but Southland dairy farmers are working to ensure they’re ahead of the game.

Louisa McClintock, 17, works fulltime on her grandfather Graham McClintock's 2500-hectare sheep and beef property Stratholme, north of Cheviot.

She's 17, and running a farm video

Louisa McClintock is just 17 but is farming a dry north Canterbury farm with her 80-year-old grandfather.

Video

Taupo to Wellington touches down

Sounds Air made its inaugural flight from Taupo to Wellington on Tuesday.

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